Truck crashes into furniture store in Avon

A flatbed tractor-trailer truck crashed into a furniture store at the base of Avon Mountain Friday, near the scene of a deadly crash two years ago.

The crash occurred a little after 11:00 AM at the Nassau’s Furniture store at the intersection of Routes 44 and Route 10. Roads in the area reopened around 4 PM. The driver of the truck, Robert Rauch of New Jersey, swerved and avoided other traffic on the road. Rauch was trapped in the cab of the truck for about 45-minutes and then flown to Hartford Hospital via LifeStar helicopter for treatment. Police say his injuries are non-life threatening. “He’s the hero of this thing. He wasn’t worried about himself as much as he was worried about everybody on the roadway, that’s what it looks like,” said Fire Chief James DiPace. “He did one heck of a job, to come through that intersection the way he did.” Nassau’s Furniture president David Goldberg says there has been extensive damage to his store and he’s not sure when it will reopen. There were five people inside the store at the time. “It’s amazing nobody got hurt,” Lt. Robert Whitty, Avon Police, said. Chief DiPace says there was diesel fuel spill and a minor fire in the building, but it was put out quickly. An Avon police officer was sitting in traffic when the truck came down the mountain and crashed. A witness said the officer jumped out of his vehicle and along with a construction worker ran into the building to see if they could help. The officer “saw the vehicle cross through the intersection, strike the grass over there where the skid marks are, go airborne a short distance and then travel into the building,” Lt. Whitty said. State police and emergency workers from several towns are in the area to offer assistance and investigate what happened. Police do not know yet what happened and why the truck went off the road. Mud flaps the rear of the trailer indicate it belongs to Apgar Brothers, which is a trucking company based in New Jersey. This location is near the site where a dump truck lost control and crashed in July of 2005, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others. Several safety measures were proposed and put into place on the road following that crash.

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